Press Release- Theft Burglary Prevention

5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office reminds residents with the warmer months arriving not only are we out enjoying the weather, so are others such as thieves and burglars.  Criminals have been targeting unlocked homes and vehicles. Here are some helpful tips and ideas to prevent becoming a victim:


  • Establish a nightly routine to make sure your vehicle and home is locked up.          
  • Do not leave valuable items in your vehicle.
  • If you are selling items like a lawnmower, dirt bike, or ATV do not leave them outside overnight.
  • Record serial numbers and take photos of valuable and sentimental items.
  • Install security cameras.
  • Conduct periodic checks on security cameras already installed to make sure they are working and that nothing is obstructing their views.
  • Outdoor lighting is important, so make sure any burnt-out bulbs are replaced.
  • Install motion detection lights in dark areas.
  • Trim your trees and bushes to prevent criminals from using them as hiding spots.
  • If you will be away from your home for an extended period of time, please remember to have the post office hold your mail. 
  • Do not advertise on social media that you are gone.  Save those posts and pictures for after you return home.
  • Leave lights and a television on while you are not home.  This gives the impression that someone is home.



Contact your local police agency and inquire if they have a vacation house watch program, which the Sheriff's Office does offer. These types of crimes can happen to anyone, any day of the week, at any hour of the day.  If you see something, say something.  McHenry County residents can report suspicious activity at 815-338-2144. 



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